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Stay away from traditional book publishing

Dean Wesley Smith knows a thing or two about writing. He’s a prolific, with almost two hundred novels and hundreds of short stories under his belt. In forty years in…

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Quote: Joe Konrath, Publishing is a lottery

No matter how talented you are, no matter how hard working, no matter how awesome and committed your publisher might be, statistically you are far more likely to lose the…

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21 more dodgy publishing and marketing “services”

If you’re a writer of any sort and you don’t follow Writer Beware, well … beware! Just a couple of weeks ago, after taking Harper’s Bazaar (of all magazines!) to…

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The (Un) Glamorous World of Publishing Revealed

Words from a book editor working for a small publishing house that is part of a big media group … The part of the job that makes me happy, as…

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Can you judge a book by its cover?

Travelling around the islands on my first visit to Greece many years ago, it seemed as if every second person was sporting a copy of The Magus by John Fowles….

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Writer’s rights: Stories about Telling Stories

Rights aren’t something many writers give much thought to. In the rush of elation of at a publisher’s interest, they’re frequently overlooked. But they are important, especially if you ever…

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Harry Potter and the End of Chapter 3

Earlier this week, J K Rowling posted this on Twitter: Quite coincidentally, a couple of days earlier I’d just started doing what the sign said I shouldn’t; rereading Harry Potter…

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Four publishing lessons in four minutes

Four publishing lessons in four minutes

In 1995, my first novel, Telling Stories, won the Reed Fiction Award for the best unpublished novel. The prize was $5,000, a flight to the Dunedin Writers Festival to receive…

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The state of the NZ book market

Last year, New Zealanders purchased 5.3 million printed books — not bad for a country of just 4.6 million people, but a long way behind Australia. While Kiwis purchased an…

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A respectful question to authors using traditional publishers

… “Do you realize how much are you paying for the services provided by your publisher?”   For a middle-aged writer, a publishing contract in today’s standard form will likely last well…

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